A coalition of community activists is calling on the Wayne County treasurer to pursue a continued ban of “inhumane” countywide property tax foreclosures in 2021 and beyond amid financial hardships spurred by COVID-19.

The Coalition for Property Tax Justice joined Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan for a press conference urging Treasurer Eric Sabree to ask for a court-issued halt in foreclosures of owner-occupied homes in Detroit for the years to come until over assessments that caused financial hardships in the city are fixed.

“We’re asking him to go to the courts and to let the courts decide,” said Bernadette Atuahene, a law professor and coalition organizer. “The proper place for this decision is in the courts and not the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office.”

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Bernadette Atuahene (Photo: David Guralnick, The Detroit News)

Atuahene argued the treasurer’s office has profited under the Michigan Tax Act from